!!The comics:
* AuthorsSavingThrow: Seemingly in response to the criticisms towards ''Century'''s Anglocentric setting (as described in TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot and CreatorProvincialism), press releases for ''The Tempest'' promises expansion of the story's setting to America.
* BaseBreakingCharacter: Orlando is this. To some readers, he/she is a BloodKnight who is LivingForeverIsAwesome personified. To others, he/she's a CreatorsPet and a one-note CampGay.
* BrokenBase:
** The ''Century'' trilogy is very divisive amongst readers, with some hailing it for its more experimental qualities, well-done characterization, and the many [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Awesome Moments]] that occur. Others slam due it due to Moore's [[NostalgiaFilter attitude towards virtually all modern culture]], [[NewMediaAreEvil the indulgence in thematic antiquarianism in a series that had once critiqued that kind of thinking]], [[CreatorsPet Orlando, a two-note character who seemingly exists only to provide]] AuthorAppeal and his [[ShallowParody mean-spirited]] treatment of [[Franchise/JamesBond modern]] franchise [[Franchise/HarryPotter characters]].
** There's the question of whether Moore's ''really'' TruerToTheText than most other adaptations, or whether he's really just [[DarkerAndEdgier pushing for the darkest possible depictions]] [[AuthorAppeal for his private enjoyment]]. Particular sore spots include: Mina Murray being a divorced woman when she was HappilyMarried to Jonathan Harker in the original novel, [[spoiler: Mr. Hyde raping the Invisible Man, James Bond as an incompetent misogynist psychopathic traitor instead of being a loyal, competent ProfessionalKiller, and Harry Potter as a whiny, self-pitying, school-shooting chav strung out on anti-depressants who becomes the Antichrist, which is pretty far off from his actual character]].
* CompleteMonster: [[InvisibleJerkass Hawley Griffin]], aka Literature/TheInvisibleMan, is a [[AxCrazy psychopath]] recruited by England so that his powers could be utilized for special missions, and is [[AdaptationalVillainy far worse than his literary counterpart]]. Introduced hiding in an all-girls boarding school, Griffin's been taking advantage of his powers to [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rape the teenagers there]]. He's already impregnated three girls and is apprehended in the process of raping a fourth. When he joins the league, it's not out of any sense of altruism but because he's been promised a cure for his condition, a pardon for his crimes, and a large sum of money. During his tenure on the team, Griffin displays streaks of cruelty and cowardice in equal measure. At one point he beats an innocent constable to death simply because he wanted the man's clothes, and at the climax of the team's first adventure, Griffin [[DirtyCoward attempts to abandon the league to their deaths when things get too dangerous]]. With the arrival of the invading Martians, [[LesCollaborateurs Griffin eagerly approaches them and sells out his entire planet to the invaders just so he can rule alongside them]]. Griffin gives the Martians information on where the human artillery positions are so they can slaughter their opposition; tries to get his teammates killed by selling out the location of their hideout's location; [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown brutalizes Mina Murray]] while stealing valuable military information; and advises the Martians to use their Red Weed to destroy the Thames and incapacitate the ''[[CoolBoat Nautilus]]''. In a series where [[BlackAndGrayMorality even monsters can be heroes]], Griffin was never anything but a [[ItsAllAboutMe selfish, megalomaniacal snake]] who was willing to let his race be butchered and enslaved just so he could rule over what was left.
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* CrackPairing: Since the series deals with the relationships between various fictional characters, this happens quite a bit. Most visibly with Quartermain and Murray, but it happens with minor characters as well. Frankenstein's monster and his wife Olympia from Tales of Hoffman come to mind.
* CreatorProvincialism: A frequent criticism of the later volumes. For a series that's ostensibly a tribute to the history of fiction, it can strike some readers as a bit strange that most of the coded references in ''2009'' are to British pop culture, in spite of the growing influence of American and Japanese pop culture in the 21st century. Not to mention how most pop culture references have switched so that literature sources aren't the majority.
* CreatorsPet: Orlando is regarded as some as this in the ''Century'' trilogy. Worth noting though the character is a BaseBreakingCharacter who divides opinion.
* EvilIsSexy: Ayesha, Queen of Kor and the main antagonist of the ''Nemo'' spinoff.
* FanficFuel: This is a universe where every piece of fiction to ever be published exists alongside each other and are connected in some way. [[WMG/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen Go nuts]].
* FranchiseOriginalSin: Moore has used the series as a means of [[TakeThat performing mean-spirited hatchet jobs on characters he doesn't like]] since the beginning. The very first volume featured [[Literature/TheInvisibleMan Griffin]] literally raping [[Literature/RebeccaOfSunnybrookFarm Becky Randall]] (including a rather insulting and out-of-character depiction of her as a [[{{Eagleland}} stereotypical "dumb American"]]) and attempting to rape [[{{Literature/Pollyanna}} Pollyanna Whittier]] (whose [[ThePollyanna lack of obvious trauma over the incident]] is played for comedy). But, unlike his treatment of [[spoiler: ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' and ''Franchise/JamesBond'']], the characters in question were old-tyme enough that they didn't have strong fanbases overlapping with those of the audience to be offended at their treatment. And, ''also'' unlike them, the hatchet-job was a side-note within the plot rather than a central part of the narrative. [[note]]Tom Swift became the next victim of this pattern to which he falls in the middle as far as how important he was to the plot, but is more than likely the least known today of the five characters listed.[[/note]]
* GeniusBonus: If you got every single reference in this series without help... you need to make ''a lot'' more pages here at Wiki/TVTropes.
* HePannedItNowHeSucks: A big part of the reaction towards ''Century: 2009'' comes from the fact that a big part of the last leg of the story boiled down to a mean-spirited hatchet-job directed at [[spoiler: Harry Potter]]. Whether fans' reactions were just this trope in action, or whether it was legitimately poorly-done and damaged the work from a literary standpoint is up for debate.
* HarsherInHindsight: In ''Century: 2009'', Creator/JudiDench's M from the Franchise/JamesBond films, who in this universe is [[Series/TheAvengers Emma Peel]], is made [[spoiler: immortal. A few months later, she was killed off in ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'']].
* HilariousInHindsight
** Moore's GrandFinale for ''Century: 2009'' involves an epic face-off between [[spoiler: Harry Potter and Mary Poppins]]. Just a few months after he wrote that scene (and almost exactly a month after the comic hit the stands) a battle between [[Franchise/HarryPotter Voldemort]] and a swarm of Mary Poppinses turned out to be part of the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games.
** Among many other tidbits, ''Century: 2009'' manages to tie Franchise/JamesBond and ''Series/TheAvengers'' together into one universe with the revelation that Creator/JudiDench's M in the later Bond films is actually an aging Emma Peel. Though we never get to find out M's true identity in the films, ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'' actually did turn out to include a brief moment where Kincade, Bond's old groundskeeper, addresses her as "Emma" (presumably because he misheard "M" as "Em").
** ''Century: 2009'' includes a brief cameo from [[Series/TheThickOfIt "seasoned fixer Malcolm Tucker"]] on a television screen, in the same issue that includes several background cameos from [[Series/DoctorWho The Doctor]]. Fast-forward to 2013: [[Creator/PeterCapaldi Malcolm Tucker]] is now the Twelfth Doctor.
** A 2005 episode of ''Series/{{Extras}}'' featuring Creator/DanielRadcliffe mercilessly hitting on Dame Diana Rigg suddenly became HilariousInHindsight when ''Century: 2009'' featured [[Series/TheAvengers Emma Peel]] leading the fight to take down [[spoiler: a deranged Literature/HarryPotter]]. Maybe she wanted revenge on him [[ItMakesSenseInContext for flinging that condom at her head]]?
** The final scene of the comic [[spoiler:is of Quatermain's grave in Africa, just like the movie.]]
** Similarly, though the movie had "Fantom" (a villain loosely based on Erik from ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' and Fantomas) the comics ''did'' finally incorporate ''Phantom of the Opera'' into the plot of ''The Black Dossier''. According to one of the supplementary stories, the League had their final face-off with France's "Les Hommes Mystérieux" at the Paris Opera, where they tried to stop their plot to plant explosives in the Phantom's old lair. The other half, Fantomas, being one of the French team members.
** About thirteen years after Creator/AlanMoore made Literature/SherlockHolmes' older brother [[Franchise/JamesBond "M"]] in the first volume of ''League'', [[Creator/JonnyLeeMiller the original M's grandson]] became Sherlock Holmes in ''Series/{{Elementary}}''.
** Alan Moore has long been well-known for practicing ceremonial magic and being an avid student of occultism and the mystic arts, and he (in)famously claimed in 2003 that he worships Glycon, a Roman snake god that was once the center of an ancient pagan cult. In 2011, he attracted a bit of controversy for portraying [[spoiler: Literature/HarryPotter]] as a thoroughly unsympathetic {{Antichrist}} figure who's also supposedly the epitome of everything wrong with the 21st century. In other words: Moore is an occultist who talks to snakes and has an [[ItsPersonal intense personal hatred]] of [[spoiler: Harry Potter. Voldemort? Is that you...?]]
* LesYay: [[spoiler: Mina has no use for Orlando when he's a male.]]
* {{Narm}}: [[spoiler: Allan's]] death. To elaborate: he gets electrocuted by lightning coming from [[spoiler: Harry Potter's]] dick.
** YOU ARE THE SHIT OF THE WORLD! I SHALL KILL YOU NOW!
* NeverLiveItDown: One can see the League as this trope taken to its zenith. Basically, if a character's original books had elements of sexism, racism, and class-biases that the author dislikes, they will be brought in an subject to CharacterExaggeration to the extreme and Moore's take which serves as a GatewaySeries for some younger readers, ensures that those aspects get focused on to the exclusion of everything:
** It's true that Allan Quatermain is a GreatWhiteHunter and an opium addict and he wasn't always a straight and confident hero, but the barely functional on-and-off-the-wagon League take on Quatermain is just as much Moore's invention as everything he accuses Hollywood of doing to soften him and others of his kind up.
** Did Franchise/JamesBond deserve a long overdue piss-take? Absolutely. Was Moore's take hilarious? Yes. But does that mean there's nothing compelling about his films or the original book or espionage fiction which Moore sees as propaganda for RuleAbidingRebel? That last part is dubious, especially since Moore's focus on his Bond satire is Fleming!Bond, and Creator/RogerMoore and Creator/DanielCraig. Missing is ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'' which many consider an excellent film, and a very successful and convincing attempt at humanizing Bond, as well as other aesthetic qualities such as the action, gadgets, and set design which Moore mocks as impractical, but which others would see as NarmCharm of the kind Moore celebrates elsewhere and which is surely no less practical than the ScienceHero set-up of Captain Nemo and others, which Moore plays straight.
** Many fans of the series, and InUniverse Severus Snape, have long seen Franchise/HarryPotter as a trust-fund kid coasting off the sacrifices of better wizards and a VanillaProtagonist and PinballProtagonist, and yes, to the extent that he was a two dimensional character, his traits largely involved [[{{Wangst}} wangsting]] about his life, and yes the WorldBuilding was always flat and left a lot to be deserved, but the series also had a lot of rich characters and concepts (such as Luna Lovegood, Neville Longbottom, Remus Lupin) as well as a lot of cool concepts and ideas, not all of which should be swept aside. And as for representing the summit of modern franchise and blockbusters (which Moore says is repetitive, dead, and regurgitating cliches), many would wonder why Harry Potter is attacked when it is an original IP developed in the late-[=90s=], made into a series of films that haven't been remade at the time Moore was writing, and surely deserves less blame or credit than say ''Franchise/SpiderManTrilogy'', ''Franchise/TheLordOfTheRings'' and Creator/GeorgeLucas' ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequels, all three of which are made of older properties.
* NightmareFuel: The dead bodies fused to the remains of the train in ''Century 2009'', to say nothing of the flashback panels to the events of the massacre that caused that.
* NoExportForYou: In Canada, at least, you can't buy ''The Black Dossier'' without online ordering.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: We never get to see the full exploits of the Second League of the Extraordinary Gentlemen, and their very-much-indeed awesome-sounding encounter with Les Hommes Mysterieux is only described in text on the Black Dossier. Also sideway referenced in text are the missions of Prospero's Men, The Third League of the Extraordinary Gentlemen, Der Zwielicht-helden and Les Hommes Mysterieux themselves.
** We also see far too little of the League of the 1780s, featuring Lemuel Gulliver, the Scarlet Pimpernel and wife, the Scarecrow, Fanny Hill, and Natty Bumpo. Most of what we do see when they appear is when they've largely retired from adventuring and are touring the world indulging their more hedonistic tendencies.
* OlderThanTheyThink: One of Moore's basic points was restoring the UnbuiltTrope of works known via PopCulturalOsmosis through multimedia adaptations which get so LostInImitation that they aren't really the original story anymore. We'll examine several individual issues and their oounterpoints.
** Captain Nemo's Indian origin was made by Creator/JulesVerne himself in ''Literature/TheMysteriousIsland'' and partly foreshadowed in ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea''. However thanks to many adaptations turning him British, some are surprised Moore's restoring something.
** In ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'' Mina and Jonathan Harker's marriage is presented fairly happy by then standards. It is however mostly because of the boys club attitude that helps Mina get turned into the Damsel in distress. The book ends with a happy epilogue for them which League doesn't not use. Moore isn't the first to suggest that Mina Murray's marriage with Jonathan Harker would hit the rocks after the supposed HappyEnding since many critics and Creator/FrancisFordCoppola suggested that subtext before him.
** There's one line in Robert Louis Stevenson's story that mentions that Hyde "grew in stature" as time goes on. Some interpret this to mean physically. This is the interpretation Moore ran with to essentially make Hyde a hulk like beast. The opposite takes in mind earlier Jekyll is described as hearty while Hyde was smaller and sickly, and suggests this line meant Hyde grew to be the more healthy stronger looking instead of actually growing to Hulk size. Either way this discussion happened long before Moore.
** Many who claimed that [[spoiler:the portrayal of the Antichrist and Harry Potter]] was unfaithful to the source material. The Antichrist's personality in Century:2009 as a paranoid teenager confused about his destiny and confused about being a PinballProtagonist by his mentor is more or less consistent to the {{Wangst}}-y arc of the character in Book 5 (which was pointedly excised from the films to make the character sympathetic to the audience, i.e. proving Moore's point), as is the criticism about his obsession of fame and repeatedly noting how famous he is, much of which echoes complaints by EnsembleDarkhorse characters in the books. While it may be deconstruction to turn him flat out into the antichrist, this critique of the character was certainly not originated here.
* ScheduleSlip: A regular enough occurrence that there's actually a backup strip in the v2 trade about it.
* TakeThatScrappy:
** People who disliked [[spoiler: Literature/HarryPotter]] or who liked it but felt it was overrated in esteem and especially found the title character less interesting than the supporting cast enjoyed Moore's takedown of it in Century Vol 3. These fans also point out that Moore's basic satirical message, i.e. a CharacterExaggeration of his IdiotHero tendencies and an attack on the stories overall "trust-fund orphan" narrative of entitled heroism and luck-driven victories is in fact completely accurate and moreover echoed criticisms of the book made by its own fans and [[spoiler:by Severus Snape within the stories. They note that Snape is the only HP character who is treated positively by Moore]].
** The same applies for people who enjoyed the trolling of James Bond, even by Bond fans who felt the character was so overexposed they found this revisionist version entertaining. The fact that Jimmy is so hilariously bad at his job and a bungling wimp who can barely get laid makes him less of a TakeThat and more of a dark DeconstructiveParody for Bond fans.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot:
** The announcement of the ''Century'' trilogy initially had fans buzzing because they thought they'd finally get to see the original graphic novel's premise applied to 20th century fiction. And they did... except, instead of creating a new team of champions for a new era of fiction, Moore just made the two remaining members of the original FiveManBand immortal, and added ''one'' consistent new member (Orlando) who quickly devolved into a CreatorsPet. By ''2009'', Mina and Allan have mentally aged so much that they barely even resemble their literary counterparts (which kind of kills what made the series fascinating in the first place) leaving behind little more than ultra-obscure background references.
** Once ''Century: 2009'' finally revealed the Moonchild's identity, many fans of [[spoiler: Harry Potter]] objected to the entire storyline not necessarily because of Moore's treatment of the character, but because it wasn't nearly as interesting as it could have been. If Moore had managed to rein in [[WriterOnBoard his hatred of today's pop culture]], and [[ShallowParody had actually familiarized himself with the character enough to make his portrayal feel authentic]], it ''could'' have been a genuinely fascinating look at youthful rebellion, the paranoia of the post-9/11 world, and [[BecauseDestinySaysSo the conflict between destiny and free will]]. Instead, [[spoiler: Harry]] is just portrayed as a one-note [[TeensAreMonsters foul-mouthed teen with an attitude problem]]. Regardless of how you might feel about the source material, that's hardly the basis for an interesting villain.
*** A bit meta but almost all of Alan Moore's choices for ''Century:2009'' were recycled cliches about millennials. Millennials are overly reliant on pharmaceuticals, have no culture, aren't involved in politics or society, the list goes on. For all of Moore's supposed counter-culture tendencies, it's very easy to picture him complaining about today's big civil rights movements in the same way Louise Mensch might. How bad is it? The closest Moore comes to approaching what today's generation has to deal with is observing that row after row of houses are empty but quickly backpedals from this and tries to frame it as being the fault of Millennials! [[spoiler: That the entire Harry Potter plot line boils down to a Dark!Harry Manipulative!Dumbledore fanfiction is really just the least of Moore's poor choices.]]
*** Others felt that the universe of the book continuing to be doggedly Anglocentric in its depicted references--in spite of the growing influence of American and Japanese pop culture--was also far too provincial in scope.
* ValuesDissonance: The comic deliberately fakes this trope to create aesops such as "The Chinese are brilliant, but evil." We would like to stress this is a verbatim quote.
* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: The Beatnik novella from the ''Black Dossier'' reads like this, which, given the source material, isn't surprising. If one takes the time to actually decipher the text, the plot seems to involve Fu Manchu and Professor Moriarty's descendants ([[Literature/OnTheRoad Dean Moriarty]] and [[Creator/JackKerouac Doctor Sax]], respectively) continuing a family feud by unleashing an ancient Aztec linguistic virus made from centipedes. Oh and the virus actually turns out to be Lovecraftian {{Eldritch Abomination}}s.
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!!The film:
* BrokenBase: In a connection to the example for the comic the film gets this a lot too. The film made a lot of changes to the point of being InNameOnly, this clearly irritated fans who like the comic. But given there is an entry of this trope there too, there were a lot of people who found the comic disappointing (or became disappointing). For this side some of the movie's decisions are called improvements to the comic. Debates about this still spring up to this day on most sites talking about the movie or comics.
* CompleteMonster: The elusive [[BigBad Fantom]], actually [[spoiler:Professor James Moriarty]], wishes to engulf the world in war, just [[{{Greed}} so he can line his pockets]]. Killing British and German citizens to increase tensions, the Fantom tries to attack a peace conference by sinking all of Venice, where it was taking place. [[spoiler:Founding the titular League while acting as "M", claiming it to be a counterterrorist organization, he gathers a group of individuals with superpowers and advanced technology, planning to replicate them to sell to the highest bidder in the war he plans]]. At his secret base, he houses hundreds of scientists, forcing them to work around the clock to recreate the League's abilities, while keeping their families hostage in overcrowded cells.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** The movie's EvilPlan involves a mysterious bad guy (who's eventually revealed to be [[spoiler: Professor Moriarty]]) trying to start UsefulNotes/WorldWarI a few decades early. ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows'', which came out almost a decade later, was about the same thing. [[spoiler: In this film, Moriarty even references the Reichenbach falls as where "that man died." Perhaps he got some plastic surgery, and tried to start his EvilPlan all over again, but went more ambitious by using the League?]]
** Richard Roxburgh would also go on to play Dracula in ''Film/VanHelsing'' a year later, which also featured a Mr. Hyde who was depicted as a [[ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk Hulk]] {{Expy}}.
** When [[http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/rudyard-kiplings-the-jungle-book-1994 reviewing the 1994 live-action film]] ''Film/TheJungleBook'', Roger Ebert talked about the InNameOnly premise and wondered "What's next? ''Tom Sawyer'' with a car chase and a shoot-out?"
** The team of this comic-book film consists of
*** Nemo: A man with an unusual beard, untold riches, and access to advanced technology that no one else can duplicate.
*** Quatermain: A legendary old hero in an era that is not his own, who lost someone close to him while working for his government.
*** Mina: A beautiful red-haired woman with a traumatic past who dresses largely in black and is much more dangerous than she appears.
*** Jekyll: A mild-mannered Doctor who, at times, transforms into his large, super-strong and ferocious alter ego.
*** [[spoiler:An attack on the heroes' cool transport by the pretty boy bad guy and his inside knowledge, and he's working for an even more dangerous foe.]]
*** And they're all working at the behest of a mysterious government figure. The only ones that don't match are Thor and Hawkeye [[note]]unless you include Quatermain, who is a crack shot, or reformed thief Skinner (assuming MCU Hawkeye shares that part of the comic version's past)[[/note]], but other than that, one almost expects Quatermain to yell "[[ComicBook/TheAvengers League, Assemble!]]"
* NightmareRetardant: The BigBad loses all intimidation when he starts taunting Quartermaine in the cemetery. Why? Because the whole time he's running around desperately trying to get out like a frightened child.
* RetroactiveRecognition: Shane West (Sawyer) later played Michael in ''Series/{{Nikita}}''. It's a little bit funny, because Peta Wilson (Mina) got her start as the lead on ''Film/LaFemmeNikita'', of which ''Nikita'' is a remake.
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